Posts made in July, 2012

Learn How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

Posted on Jul 26, 2012

Learn How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

A proper oral health care routine during orthodontic treatment is essential for a healthy smile you’ll just love showing off! If you’re not sure how to brush your teeth with braces, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho, has some valuable tips for you.

  • Choose the Right Brush

Learning how to brush your teeth with braces starts with choosing the right brush. Braces require a special kind of toothbrush and the team at HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, are happy to help you select the right brush for your braces.

  • Brush at an Angle

Start by brushing with small circular motions and angle your toothbrush so that it gets under your wires and onto your teeth. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing correctly, contact your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho to learn how to brush your teeth with braces.

  • Floss Correctly

Flossing with braces is one of the most important aspects of your oral health care routine during orthodontic treatment at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist. Flossing helps remove plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease and helps keep your smile health.

  • Rinse with Mouthwash

For a truly great clean, rinse with mouthwash to fight any bacteria that could damage your teeth and ruin your soon-to-be-straight smile. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic mouthwashes are available so please ask your orthodontist at your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho for recommendations.

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Invisalign: Your Best Choice?

Posted on Jul 19, 2012

Invisalign: Your Best Choice?

Invisalign Invisible Aligners are one of the most popular choice for cosmetic braces for patients looking for orthodontic treatment at your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho.

However, Invisalign may not be for everyone. Patients who require orthodontic treatment that is more than simply cosmetic, i.e. who require bite adjustment, or patients who require a complex orthodontic treatment may not have their smile straightened as efficiently with Invisalign.

Invisalign aligners are completely removable and therefore allow patients not just more social freedom during orthodontic treatment but simplify their oral health care routine. Invisalign moves teeth through gentle pressure and require new aligners every 2 weeks and no adjustments at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist,

If you are not an Invisalign orthodontic treatment candidate, HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, is proud to offer you alternatives such as Clear braces. Clear braces are tooth-coloured traditional braces that can straighten your smile effectively and socially-friendly.

Crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem, your oral health, your bite and your general well-being. HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, offers you orthodontic treatment options that can straighten your teeth and give you your best smile yet.

Contact HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, to book an appointment and learn if you are an Invisalign candidate or what orthodontic treatment options are available to you.

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How to Treat and Prevent Overbites

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

How to Treat and Prevent Overbites

Your orthodontic experts at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist and your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, aim to educate you on issues that may arise with your child’s teeth. Here’s a quick Q&A about one of the most common jaw/tooth alignment problems: an overbite.

What does an overbite look like?

There are two types of overbites: vertical and horizontal. A vertical overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth too much and a horizontal overbite (overjet) describes upper teeth that protrude too much.

How does an overbite happen?

Genetics are one cause of overbites, but habits such as thumb sucking, pencil chewing, tongue thrusting (pushing the tongue against the back of the teeth when swallowing) and nail biting can be responsible for overbites.

Why should I be concerned about an overbite?

Aside from aesthetic issues, an overbite can cause damage to the upper front teeth, including the gums and roots, and cause jaw pain and jaw clicking.

What can I do about an overbite?

Functional appliances and retainers can be used in combination to improve an overbite in both adults and children. Braces may be worn for several years to correct and maintain the bite.

Can you describe the process of fixing an overbite in detail?

Classic orthodontic treatment for overbites occur in two stages. Stage 1 involves just simply straightening the teeth and stage 2 deals specifically with the overbite itself. Both stages require braces and the length of treatment depends on the severity of the overbite.

What is the success rate of the treatment?

The success rate is very high, but it does depend on the severity of the overbite and age of patient.

Contact HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, to book an appointment or if you have further questions about orthodontics and overbites.

 

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Looking for Straighter Teeth? Discover Invisalign.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

Looking for Straighter Teeth? Discover Invisalign.

If you’re looking for a more appearance-friendly option to traditional metal braces, Invisalign invisible aligners may be for you. Book an appointment with our orthodontic experts at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist and your Port Coquitlam Orthodontist, to find out if you’re a good candidate for this orthodontic treatment, which involves using a series of custom-created clear aligners to straighten your teeth gently and effectively.

Invisalign aligners are completely removable and can be taken out for short periods of time for brushing, flossing and meals. Each set should be worn as often as possible and every two weeks your dentist at your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist will provide you with a new set of aligners that will gently shift your teeth into a perfect smile and perfect bite.

For optimal results, our team at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist and your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, recommends that you engage the services of a certified, experienced orthodontist.

Contact us today and book your Invisalign appointment to discover the smile of your dreams.

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